Bart Preneel received the Electr. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the KU Leuven (Belgium). He is a Full Professor at the KU Leuven where he heads the COSIC research group. He was visiting professor at five universities in Europe. He has authored more than 400 scientific publications and is inventor of 4 patents.
Bart Preneel has participated to more than 30 EU funded projects and has coordinated five of those including the EU NoE ECRYPT. He has served as panel member and chair for the European Research Council. Since 1997 he is serving on the Board of Directors of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research), from 2002-2007 as vice president and from 2008-2013 as president. He is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders group of ENISA and of the Academia Europaea.
He has served on the advisory board of several companies and EU projects. He has served as program chair of 15 international conferences and he has been invited speaker at more than 90 conferences in 40 countries. In 2014 he received the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.